What do you use to cover leftovers? Do you store them in Tupperware or put them in a bowl and cover them with cling wrap? When I was growing up in the Communist Czech Republic, my mom used to put leftovers on a plate and cover it with another one. In this article, I will show you some zero-waste food wraps that you can replace kitchen foil.
Reusable Silicone Food Covers
They are affordable, easy to use, and durable. Alex found the ones that we use on Eco Inova, an online store that sells various zero-waste products. If you live in Switzerland, you can find reusable silicone lids Lékué in Manor. You can find them online, and They are made of platinum silicone, BPA free, tested and approved by FDA, and biodegradable. You can use them in a microwave and wash them in a dishwasher.
When you decide to buy a zero-waste silicone lid, choose one made of natural resources.
Reusable Beeswax Food Wrap
Reusable beeswax food wraps are always recommended by those who follow a zero-waste lifestyle. I like beeswax wraps, but they are expensive, and you have to be careful when you take care of them. Use only cold water and natural dish soap when you wash them. Warm water would dissolve the beeswax.
I got several beeswax food wraps a few years ago, but they did not last longer than a few months. Later I learned that you can refresh the wraps when the beeswax wears off and decided to give them one more chance.
Pros & Cons of beeswax wraps
- You can use them to wrap sandwiches, cover bowls and plates with leftovers before putting them in the fridge.
- Please don’t use them to wrap meat, fish, or any other food with a pungent taste.
How to refresh beeswax wraps
- Put the cloth in a warm oven for a few minutes. The wax will soften and spreads evenly around the cloth. Alternatively, you can place them between two pieces of baking paper and iron them.
- If the cloth needs more refreshing, sprinkle the cloth with some beeswax grains (available online or at the store that sells the wraps) before you iron it or place it in the oven.
Where to buy zero-waste beeswax wraps
- Zero-waste/ bulk stores – click here to discover my favorite zero-waste stores in the French-speaking part of Switzerland.
- Online – for example, on GreenShop.ch, Bienenwachstuch.ch, Etsy, Walmart.
- Department stores – since sustainable living has become more popular, you can find reusable beeswax wraps in large department stores. If you live in Switzerland, you can find them in Manor.
- Make your own – next week, I will share with you a quick tutorial. 🙂
Which zero-waste reusable lids would you like to try? Beeswax wraps or stretchable silicone ones? Let me know in the comments below.